Researchers at the University of Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska Academy have shown in a preliminary study in rats that one of the most common diabetes drugs, metformin, also has a protective effect on the heart.
The study, carried out in collaboration with a research group from Naples and published in the journal Diabetes, reveals that metformin helps increase pumping capacity, improve energy balance, reduce the accumulation of fat, and limit the loss of heart cells through programmed cell death.
“The animals in our study were treated with metformin for a whole year, so the effect seems to persist,” says Jörgen Isgaard, the researcher at the Sahlgrenska Academy who led the Swedish research group involved in the study.New study on patients
“Our results nevertheless strengthen the indication for metformin as a diabetes medicine, and we hope that they are now followed up with studies on actual patients,” says Isgaard.
The article Metformin Prevents the Development of Chronic Heart Failure in the SHHF Rat Model was published in Diabetes on 22 February.Journal: Diabetes. 2012 Feb 16. [Epub ahead of print]
Authors: Cittadini A, Napoli R, Monti MG, Rea D, Longobardi S, Netti PA, Walser M, Samà M, Aimaretti G, Isgaard J, Saccà L.For more information, please contact: Jörgen Isgaard, professor at the Institute of Medicine and consultant at Sahlgrenska University Hospital
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